For those of you who don't know me well yet:
"Hi! I'm Colleen. And I'm an insomniac."
I'm a stay at home mom by day, and while I love my "day job," it doesn't always provide me with the intense creative outlet I need for all of these ideas bouncing around inside of my head. They usually get squashed down during the day and then rear their ugly heads at night.
So last night, while I couldn't sleep, I got a burst of inspiration for my trilogy covers. Let me premise this with a few things:
- I'm an editor and writer by heart, not a graphic designer.
- These are very rough mock-ups to illustrate a concept I had, not what I hope they would really look like in the end. (There are inconsistencies that I would want to correct.)
- There were several common YA book cover themes that emerged in 2012 and are emerging in 2013 that, while cool, seem to have been "done" before. I want something truly unique, that really stands out. Don't we all?
- Each of my characters has an element attached to their magic: Guardian of Fire, Guardian of Earth, Guardian of Wind.
All that said, I got this fun concept in my head to zero in on each character's eyes and reflect the natural element inside of them that they will be discovering along the way. So, without further ado, here was my initial concept, showing all 3 covers side by side.
I know that whether I go with an agent and publisher, or the self-published route, I will want a hand in my cover concept. That said, there are many creative folks out there, and I will hire someone with mad design skills to take these covers in the right direction. It's way too early in the process for me to become married to a concept. But, I was having fun, and thought they were kinda cool. I'm curious to know what y'all honestly think of them, and whether I was on the right track.
Not that it matters, I guess. Because, while piddling around on Twitter today, I saw a link to a writer whom Twitter thinks I should follow. Her name is Lisa McMann. Anyone a fan-girl or fan-guy? If so, you may have already seen the cover for her new book, Crash, which was published just 8 little days ago.
*Insert pity party here*
Seriously? I created this concept just yesterday. I did, I really did. Dang it, Lisa McMann for having such a brilliant idea before me. Oh, snap.
I know I could still use the concept for my trilogy, but it just feels like I would look like a copy cat now, and that totally bums me out.
So, I'm just curious writer friends. Who has had something like this happen in their writing career and how did you handle it? What would you do if you were me? My husband's advice was basically, "If you could think of something this cool, you'll think of something else original and creative. Don't worry." Good, solid advice.
But, for now, I still have 3 minutes of my pity party left. Cheers!